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Netflix’s ‘Cowboy Bebop’ Fails | WIRED

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In bold L.E.D. lettering, the word “PORN” broadcasts itself behind a rooftop fight scene early on in Netflix’s new live-action Cowboy Bebop—each letter a different color and shape, like a cutout from a teen fashion magazine, or a hostage note. The sign leans, glaring and obvious, against some architectural feature, but Spike, Cowboy Bebop’s sci-fi […]

‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Is Tearing the Streaming World Apart

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Dan Leckie has been a Star Trek fan since he pressed play on a VHS tape of the original TV show during Christmas of 1991. Leckie, from Aberdeen, Scotland, was instantly hooked on the sci-fi series and its subsequent iterations, and regularly attends conventions to meet up with fellow fans. But on November 16 he […]

‘Tiger King 2’ Provides More Memes Than Answers

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Toward the end of the third episode of Tiger King 2—Netflix’s follow-up to March 2020’s explosive docuseries about the wild lives of big cat collectors and conservationists—a “psychic detective” gets emotional about an empty chicken container lying near a Porta Potty. The psychic, hired by the daughters of missing millionaire Don Lewis—a key figure in […]

Inside the Lucrative World of Console Resellers

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“Since I started a new family, I was trying to look at other ways of getting income,” he says. “I felt like I understood the sneakerhead and streetwear culture enough to where I can invest in items and resell it at a higher price compared to stocks, since I’m not well-versed in stocks. This is […]

The Polish Simulator Company Gamers Love to Hate

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PlayWay S.A. is one of the strangest companies in Poland’s booming games industry—and also one of the most successful. The company has built an expansive catalog of strangely mundane games, mostly first-person simulators that let players live out vocational fantasies, such as working in an auto shop, renovating houses, or managing a gas station. While […]

Doom’s Creator Goes After ‘Doomscroll’

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A metal guitarist thought Doomscroll would be a great name for a band. Video game developer Id Software had other ideas. Source link

RE:WIRED 2021: John Cho and André Nemec Wanted to Give Their ‘Cowboy Bebop’ More Soul

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Few adaptations in recent memory have been as hotly (and skeptically) anticipated as Netflix’s live-action remake of the 1998 jazz-infused anime classic Cowboy Bebop. Since its English-language debut in 2001, the story of a ragtag trio of planet-hopping bounty hunters and their loyal corgi has provided Western audiences with a kind of gateway drug to […]

Twitch Streamers’ Earnings Were Exposed. Now, It’s a Meme

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Usually on Twitch, the rallying cry “Let’s get top five, baby!” refers to a video game leaderboard. Now, in the wake of a cataclysmic data breach, the gaming world is focused on a new leaderboard: one that ranks streamers according to how much money they make from Twitch. A circus of controversy washed over the […]

A Devastating Twitch Hack Sends Streamers Reeling

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This morning, an anonymous hacker released what they claim is an enormous cache of proprietary data from Twitch, the popular streaming platform, including Twitch.tv source code and streamers’ revenue information. “Jeff Bezos paid $970 million for this, we’re giving it away FOR FREE,” wrote the poster on 4chan. Today’s leak, which its original poster described […]

EA Sports Might Lose ‘FIFA,’ and That’s Not So Bad

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FIFA, the video game, is at war with FIFA, the soccer organization. Game publisher Electronic Arts is considering a generic alternative for its 28-year-old, $20 billion franchise, after licensing talks reportedly stalled over a seven-figure fee. EA’s contract to license the FIFA name is up at the end of the 2022 World Cup next December, […]